Dry Conditions Prompt Equipment Safety Reminder From DNR
UNDATED -- With ongoing drought conditions around the state, the risk of wildfires is up and the Minnesota DNR is urging off-road vehicles, heavy equipment, and agricultural operators to be cautious.
be careful--if you're mowing your lawn, or mowing out on your property, watch that you're avoiding rocks, even a blade hitting a rock can send sparks out that can start a wildfire
Bemidji Area Forestry assistant supervisor Ben Lang says it's a good idea to have a bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby.
make sure your equipment is in good working order, if you have a breakdown or if you have a bearing go out or grass caught up in a belt, those also can start fires and can start a wildfire
Lang says even a lawnmower hitting a rock can cause a spark, so pay attention. And he recommends having a bucket of water or fire extinguisher handy, just in case a fire starts.
Minnesota’s wildland fire management agencies are reporting an uptick in recent weeks of equipment-caused wildfires due to extremely dry grasses and brush.
This story is courtesy of the Minnesota News Network.
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